Who decides what should be remembered?

Having read Eric Foner’s review on the David Blight book , “Race and Reunion”, we can observe how different the way of remembering the same event can be. Whoever ideas prevail in the culture, dictates our perception of the history. Eric Foner emphasizes how David Blight tells us two ways of understanding the Civil War, and therefore, how they influence the way people treat it in their memories. Some of them regard it as a clash between white people, and other see the meaning of it as an emancipation from slavery.  But why should there be anyone who decides how exactly to remember the history and events that were taking place? Why should the reason for this be different political views and segregation? Such an approach to memory as a product of history reminds me of a curved mirror which distorts the genuine reflection of reality.

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